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Lake Tiki - 8/23/2013 - Red Cedar
Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2008-02-12 11:50 pm   Permalink

tok-tok, thanks so much for you compliments. I'm seriously hooked on the Marquesan and Cook Islands right now. Its been fun to put focus into a couple different styles and explore different possibilities.

Tipsy, I'll be in touch.

Chad, I'm really glad you like the Luau piece! Thank you so much for your continued support, it really inspires me to create new work.

Jason, thanks a ton!

You guys asked nice so I drew up something off the wall last night and started some basic chops on it. Its a new piece chock full of detail work. At least, I hope it has enough detail work. I might have a picture up on Wednesday night... have to see how smooth it goes.



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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2008-02-13 10:29 pm   Permalink

Well, I don't think I hit the ball out of the park on this one, but it was a learning experience this afternoon. Busy day of work this morning and I kinda rushed through this. I'm going to revisit some designs like this one and play around with some stuff. This wall hanging is loosely based on a Marquesan fan handle. I have a few other drawings I did that I'd like to work off of also. Fun stuff.



About 12" W x 16" H



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seeksurf
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Posted: 2008-02-14 8:10 pm   Permalink

Lake my man, you most definitely are expanding your experiences.
These guys are looking great. Nice to see a pro going at it.
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Posted: 2008-03-05 07:12 am   Permalink

Dave that last panel is great. I think you should do a few more in that style.

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2008-03-06 10:01 pm   Permalink

Thanks Jason.

I've been playing around with some different new things in-between cranking out the bread and butter of my stuff for this summer.
Some have been successes and some have gone to the burn pile.

Things are hopping here as I continue to build up inventory and get a bunch of new work and installs done for the local tiki bar, Foundation. I'm heading over Friday to put some new stuff up that I did Thursday and then work starts soon on two 6 foot half poles that will flank the entrance outside the bar.

I've got to start wrapping and boxing finished work... I can't move around my tiki bar anymore!



Here's another new project I'm working on... two of these will be for sale at Hukilau in June!
The first time I started on my Marquesan canoe things didn't go so well. The process I used to make the first one didn't go well in the end. Parts are in the trash, other parts in the bonfire pile. I used that as a learning experience and started over with new methods in mind and a whole lot more detail than before.

Here's some of that work...



One canoe will be inspired by the classic OA canoe. Marqs with spears. I'm also doing one that has Tangs and rather than spears these guys will be rowing.

These will be made to hang on a wall, not too heavy and not too big at 36" across for the canoes. Each Marq and Tang are about 5 inches or so tall.

These pieces will be slow going. I want to spend a lot of time doing detail work and push them pretty far. Whoever purchases these in Florida will have a couple a really nice pieces, some of the best I've done.




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pappythesailor
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Posted: 2008-03-07 03:58 am   Permalink

Better and better, Lake. I am envious of whoever gets these.

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2008-03-07 11:04 am   Permalink

Thanks Pappy!

Foundation Tiki Bar's new Marquesan posed for a picture before we leave for the bar in a little bit.
He said something about how the cold was giving him a headache.




 
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finkdaddy
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Posted: 2008-03-07 1:48 pm   Permalink

Wow Dave, if you compare these last few carvings to your first few...simply amazing. What an impressive progression! You have developed a distinct and impressive style.
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TheBigT
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Posted: 2008-03-07 1:58 pm   Permalink

Love the marquesan wall hanging. What a great idea and different looking from so many other wall hangings.

 
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2008-03-07 2:40 pm   Permalink

Dang Lake, they are looking great and so many.

 
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congatiki
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Posted: 2008-03-07 5:20 pm   Permalink

It's a Tiki Factory...right here in Wisconsin! Classy work Lake...
Can't wait to see the Marq Canoe...beautiful work on all of the new stuff.
Hey....don't throw anything into the burn pile...send it up north...I'm
sure your rejects are top notch.


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2008-03-07 10:30 pm   Permalink

Fred, thanks so much for your kind words. I've become real comfortable with the basic cuts I've created and I'm building on that to take it to another level. I've got some more things sketched out that I hope to get to soon. I've got a mental checklist of things I want to create the next few months.

Big T, thanks much! Strive to be different!

Thanks seek, and that's barely half of what's in the studio ready to get carved!

Conga, thanks a bunch, got some more work done on the canoes, and hopefully some more this weekend. I'll remember to set some rejects aside for ya!


 
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Posted: 2008-03-08 06:02 am   Permalink

Sweet stuffs going on in your neck o' the woods. Can't wait to see your setup @ Hukilau.

I feel for you on the Marq canoe project. I think 5 out of 8 'mini-marqs' made it into the canoe when I carved my first one-the rest were sacrificed to the fire pit. Second one is always better, though! (supposedly). Looking forward to seeing your outcome.

Great work!
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2008-03-08 1:37 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Howland!

Seeing your canoe project gave me the final kick in the ass I needed to start on one. I saw one of the many types of OA ones at Tiki Terrace a couple years ago and told myself I was going to make one similar in my own style. Starting on them now, I've kind of become obsessed with them even though I was going to take breaks in between steps.

Finished the tikis up today...



Lots more to do... the canoes need to be carved and then the other detail like spears and oars... I'll see if I can stretch the project into Wednesday...


 
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Posted: 2008-03-08 6:03 pm   Permalink

Lake is a one man tiki factory! Keep it up.



 
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